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Archives 11-28-2001



Cats Open Season In Classic
LA Players Receive H-C Honors

Grant Swallows Wins Tech Football Awards






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Cats Open Season In Classic

By Ashley Hunter, OCN Staff

Amanda Harris Sports Photography

LA's Dustin Ferrell looks for an open teammate in Friday's game against Victory Christian.


The Livingston Academy Wildcats opened the 2001-02 basketball season with a loss in the Pickett County Classic.

They dropped a close one to the Victory Christian Patriots of Gastonia, NC, last Friday night, Nov. 23.

LA Head Coach Danny McCoin said, "We played well for three and a half quarters. We played hard, with a lot of intensity, but we didn't finish.

"We made some crucial boo-boos and didn't put it away."

The game began with Victory Christian starting off on a 13-4 run, leaving Livingston in the dust for the first five minutes of the game. Then, the Wildcats came back with some quick buckets, including a 3-pointer by LA's Jeff Aldridge, to bring the team within 5 at the end of the first quarter.

Victory Christian bounced right back, though, scoring a quick 3-pointer in one of the first plays of the second quarter.

The Cats then went on a run and were within 2 points of catching Victory Christian. VC didn't appreciate that, and shot another quick 3 to push LA back to within 5.

Then, it happened again. LA pulled the game to within 2 points and VC's David Tucker put up yet another 3-point shot. They kept right on going from there, and led LA at the half, 28-23.

The second half began with more of the same. Victory Christian went on a 7-2 run to lead the Wildcats by a score of 35-25, in the opening minutes of the third quarter.

The Cats weren't ready to just roll over and hand them the game, though, and went on a 13-2 run, to give them their first lead of the night, at 38-37. As was the scenario throughout the entire night, Victory Christian shot another big three, putting the Patriots up 40-38, to end the third quarter.

The fourth quarter started with a small Victory Christian scoring run, which was silenced by a 3-pointer from LA's Jamie Gurley. It was taboo for LA to score any 3-pointers, though, and once again VC went on a run and ran off with the game, winning the contest, 55-52.

Livingston was led in scoring by Jeff Aldridge, who had 18 points. Jamie Gurley and Joseph McGill scored 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Livingston also dropped another game on Saturday afternoon against Knox-Austin East, 63-58.

After traveling to play the Cookeville High School Cavaliers on Tuesday night, Nov. 27, Livingston Academy will host perennial foe York Dragons on Friday, Nov. 30. LA will then host the White County Warriors on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Coach McCoin said of LA's future ball games, "If we can work with same effort, and get all of our bugs worked out, we'll win some games."


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LA Players Receive H-C Honors

The Herald-Citizen recently compiled its first-ever All-Upper Cumberland Football Team and published the results in the Sunday, Nov. 25 edition.

Coaches nominations were used in creating the all-star team.

Livingston Academy had 6 players named in 10 positions.

Ben Gore was named as a first team offensive lineman and was also named as a second team defensive lineman, on the strength of his 4 quarterback sacks.

James Clouse, who recorded 105 tackles in the 2001 season, was named first team linebacker and was also named second team runningback, having accumulated 704 yards rushing.

Jesse Wolfram was named a first team defensive back, having 3 interceptions in 2001, and was named second team wide receiver, with 374 yards receiving.

Josh Cravins was named second team wide receiver, with 333 yards, and was also named second team defensive back, having 45 tackles in 2001.

Whitney Coleman was named second team linebacker, on the strength of his 100 tackles in 2001.

Joseph McGill was named second team kicker/punter. He accounted for 25 points in 2001.





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Grant Swallows Wins Tech Football Awards

Senior quarterback Grant Swallows is the 2001 recipient of the Robert Hill Johnson Award, the highest honor presented by the Tennessee Tech football program.

Swallows is also the recipient of both the Sonny Allen Leadership Award and the Headliner Award.

The awards are chosen by a vote of the players and coaching staff.

The Robert Hill Johnson Award has been presented every year since it was established in 1951, and goes to the player who makes the largest contribution to the team during the season.

Head Coach Mike Hennigan said, "Grant made defenses have to defend so many things. He was surrounded by good people, but he did an outstanding job of spreading the ball around.

"He spread the wealth and it made us a much better team."

Swallows is just the fourth quarterback to win the award in its 51-year history, and the first since Jim Waddell in 1971. Other signal-callers to win the honor were Jim Ragland (1963), Richard Mann (1958) and William Robinson (1956). The Leadership and Headliner awards were established in 1986.

The Leadership Award is presented to the most inspirational member of the team, and the Headliner Award goes to the player who is most exciting for the media to cover and most accessible by the media.

"He was in control of the offense, and he reaped some of the success, Hennigan said. "He handled the added pressure and attention well, and he tried to spread the credit around, too. He dealt with the added attention with humility and class."

Swallows set nearly every school passing and total offense record in his final season, and was a three-time winner of the OVC Offensive Player of the Week award. He led a Golden Eagle offense which posted the second-highest scoring average in school history.




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